Here is the official announcement from Naughty Dog:
As we are kicking off 2018, we have some exciting studio news we wanted to share. During a recent all-studio meeting, we announced some well-deserved promotions:
In recognition of his expanded role, contributing on critical, studio level decisions, Neil Druckmann is now Vice President of Naughty Dog. He’s been a vital part of the management team for some time now, and we’re proud to formally acknowledge his involvement. In addition to his new position, Neil will continue as the Creative Director on The Last of Us Part II.
We’re also excited to announce that Anthony Newman and Kurt Margenau are the joint Game Directors on The Last of Us Part II. Both Kurt and Anthony joined Naughty Dog during Uncharted 2 and have been instrumental in leading the design department, and have been key contributors on our subsequent games. Emilia Schatz and Richard Cambier are the Lead Designers that round out the extremely talented design department’s leadership team.
We have such an incredible team at Naughty Dog, and I’m always happy when I am able to recognize those who have made an outstanding contribution to our games and the studio. Please join me in giving them all a big congratulations!
Neil Druckmann, Naughty Dog Creative Director, spoke recently about movie adaptions for The Last of Us, and Uncharted, and how he is no longer looking forward to them. Here is what he had to say:
"We used to just be excited – 'Oh my god, movies are looking at us' – but then as more time passes on we're not excited about a direct adaptation because we've already told that story very well cinematically."
He went on to talk about more issues with the movies, specifically regarding the characters being recast:
“For me and a lot of our fans Nolan North is Nathan Drake. Ashley Johnson is Ellie. Troy Baker is Joel. It would be very disorienting to see someone else in that role.”
Speaking to Gamespot, Sony executive Jim Ryan has decided to comment on the claims suggesting The Last of Us II is too violent. Here is what he had to say:
"I should never prejudge this but it will probably be rated 18, I think it's fair to say. And there's that market for those people who like that sort of game. Adults who like that sort of game. And I think we cater for that..."
I am actually planning to write a Thought about the controversial trailer next week. So be sure to check it out!
Speaking on the PS Blog, Naughty Dog talked about how The Last of Us Part II is in full development, and the perks that come with that. Here is what Neil Druckmann had to say:
With all of Naughty Dog working on The Last of Us Part II, we’re making great headway into the project. From art, technology, gameplay, and story, this is by far our most ambitious game yet. You’re in for an intense, beautiful, harrowing, and emotionally moving ride. We’re extremely proud of the game we’re crafting and can’t wait to show you even more – and we promise you won’t have to wait as long for the next big reveal!
Naughty Dog isn't sharing too much quite yet, but they did reveal the following details after the show:
Believe me, we're super excited to show you more of Ellie and Joel's 2nd journey, but right now it's Chloe and Nadine's time to shine.— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) June 13, 2017